Late 2014 was a banner time for books on artist/illustrators with two of the best ever. Last week I posted on the excellent The Art of Robert E. McGinnis [here] and now here’s yet another out-standing book, this time the subject is the very talented Walter Baumhoffer. As it did with it’s volumes on Norman Saunders and H.J. Ward (both sold out, by the way), the The Illustrated Press has produced what I consider to be a landmark book on the life and work of an American illustrator. From the publisher:
“Pulp art historian David Saunders’ latest volume is the consummate reference book on the life and work of illustrator Walter Baumhofer, and features over 300 illustrations, many of which are photographed from the original art, including working drawings, reference photos, a checklist of all published works. The book is 224 pages, 9”x12”, full-color, hardbound with dust jacket, and limited to only 1000 copies.”
Published in November 2014, this volume is the result of a Kickstarter campaign to fund it’s publication. If you have a familiarity with the western, crime and adventure pulps, then you will have seen Baumhofer’s work, whether you know his name or not, and he illustrated much more than just pulp covers. This is great art, and I encourage you to obtain a copy before this book is sold out.